By Nikki Lyn Pugh

D.W. Starts a Fire

Book One in the Traveler Series 

Image what would happen if everything just STOPPED for a little less than three seconds. And I mean EVERYTHING. No breathing. No heart beats. No horns blaring on the freeway. No bird winds flapping in the Amazon or carousel door turning in New York City. And what would happen if you were the only one around who DIDN’T ? 

From Nikki…

A litte bit more about the Traveler Series

The main character for this first novel came to me in the dead of the night in Hillcrest, California in the fall of 1996. I was an undergraduate at UCSD and was pulling yet another “all nighter.” I was writing an essay about the poems of Pat Mora (one of my fav poets) when all of the sudden, D.W. (short for Desert Woman) leaped on to the page and demanded to be heard. She had wisdom to pass down in her traveling bag, along with a whole bunch of other goodies. She also had friends. As my fingers scrambled to keep up, she introduced me to Cheri, Phong and eventually the entire De Gallo family. Others would come later. Some I would rather not have met, but then a story really wouldnt be very exciting if there wasn’t at least one antagonist.

Needless to say, I got an A on that essay. Yet the incarnation of the original 15-page story into the novel that is now almost complete wouldn’t see the light of day until two decades into the 21st century. It has gone through many growth spurts and transmutations. It has followed me throughout my travels, from the snowy mesas of northern New Mexico to the cafes of Valencia, Spain. It has sat on a cybershelf for more than a decade and has been the source of more than one personal awakening for my own life.

I really believe that something larger than myself is at work here. Traveler Book One and the entire Traveler series is a story that needs to be written. Throughout the whole process, I have felt more like the reader rather than the writer. I am honored to be called secretary and transcriber for what Source has directed. My biggest challenge throughout this whole time is simply finding the faith and trust in the Universe to let go, step aside and let a Higher Power do the writing. It is my sincere wish and desire every single day that I live up to the task.


You have to write the book that wants to be written. And if the book will be too difficult for grown-ups, then you write it for children.

– Madeleine L’Engle

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